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Pampered Margaret Macy flees London in disguise to escape pressure to marry a dishonorable man. With no money and nowhere else to go, she takes a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his dashing brother. Praying no one will recognize her, Margaret fumbles through the first real work of her life. If she ca...more
Paperback, 414 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers
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Katie
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Julie Klassen is the 21st century's Jane Austen! I knew she was good after reading The Apothocary’s Daughter, but The Maid of Fairbourne Hall really blew me away. Open this book and Klassen will transports you back to the early 1800s, in England, when upper-class Margaret Macy suddenly finds her life altered to that of a lowly housemaid.

The first character that struck me the strongest and grabbed my attention was wild-mannered and dashingly good lookin...more
Kelly_Instalove
I'm not one for the fangirl "OMG YOU HAVE TO READ THIS" stuff, but Julie Klassen’s books have tempted me to engage in some literary peer pressure. "It's not a preachy inspirational, trust me!"

I was drawn to her books by the intriguing titles, beautiful covers and well-written blurbs, and all four of her previous novels exceeded my expectations. I've read them all several times, and I still can’t decide which one to add to my Desert Island Keepers.

I had The Maid of Fairbourne Hall on my "yay comi...more
Bluerose's  Heart
I've had a really good reading streak lately. I've read some GREAT books! I've been depending more on my blogging friends to recommend books before requesting them, and it's made my reading time SO much better. (Thanks y'all!!!)

I'd already read from several bloggers that this book reminded them of Jane Austen. So, while reading this book, I was in the "Jane Austen" mindset. I enjoyed this book so much that if it wasn't for the huge pile of books I need to read, it would have been a perfect oppor...more
Michelle
So far I have enjoyed reading the majority of Julie Klassen's historical romances. This one was no exception. The concept intrigued me from the outset, and the way the author pulled me in kept me reading was well done. At first the heroine wasn't very likable, but the author changed that by putting Margaret in a very humbling situation. Then the hero wasn't very likable, but once I was inside his head that all changed as well. I've never read a book where I disliked both main characters right of...more
Margaret
In the fall of 2008 I first discovered Julie Klassen in her debut novel Lady of Milkweed Manor and fell in love. Pretty much as a matter of fact many things I said about that novel still hold true again to this one.

Upon finishing this novel, I sigh in complete contentment. This is near one of the best novels I have ever had the opportunity to fall deep within the pages and stay for a while.

From beginning to end I had my opinions of how things should go, with the slight twists and turns I never...more
Clare Cannon
Jul 01, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young Adults (females)
Shelves: young-adult

One of Klassen's better novels, Fairbourne Hall is a sweet Regency Romance with a faintly Christian tone. A well-to-do (somewhat spoiled) young woman is forced to flee her home when her step-father threatens to stoop to sordid means to force her marriage to his ne'er-do-well nephew, in order to gain access to her inheritance. She seeks to survive by assuming the role of a maid below-stairs, in what she belatedly learns is the home of an old acquaintance.

As many reviewers have noted, the novel h...more
Casey
Writing a good regency must be a great deal more complicated than it looks upon first appearance. But when done in the correct and proper manner, good regency shines like the silver by which “Nora” polished belowstairs in Fairbourne Hall.

For anyone who has read even just a little of this period of fiction, one would not expect a rich society girl to one day be attending a masquerade ball and the next scrubbing a chamber pot. But as crazy as that sounds, the plot of the story perfectly supports M...more
Amber Stokes
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is a delight! The story initially plunges the reader into a swift river - and it doesn't take long for the current to change, transforming Miss Margaret Macy into Nora, the maid of Fairbourne Hall. While the pace lessens off and on, the intrigue continues and historical details, as well as some back story, flow expertly throughout the pages.

And let's not forget the romance! When the heroine finds herself in the home of a spurned suitor and a would-be love interest, so...more
Melanie
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Before I share what I thought about The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, I have to mention that Julie Klassen is one of my mom's favorite authors - she's read all of Julie's books and when she saw that I had this book for review - she immediately took it from me and had to read it first! And guess what? My mom loved this book from the first sentence on... literally!

While Julie Klassen is not a new author to my mom, she is to me - this is the first...more
Ummu Auni
I enjoyed reading Edenbrooke so much that I felt I should give a try for other romance that falls under this genre. I picked this one up after searching 'clean romance' tag. This is the first book that I read from this author.

Maid of Fairbourne Hall outlined the story of Margaret who ran away from home to escape his step father's arrangement ended up being a maid at one of the places that she thought she wouldn't be - Fairbourne Hall. There resides her former suitor, Nathaniel. Margaret used to...more
Kathy
This kind of reminded me of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, with a twist. There is a bit of a lost-love story going on, which I’m always a sucker for. Margaret flees her home one evening and finds employment in the home of a man who once proposed to her. She wears a disguise and becomes a housemaid. I liked the changes Margaret goes through during her story. She starts off a bit pampered and kind of self-centered, but as the story progresses and she starts to actual work her personality softens and sh...more
Melissa
I love the amount of history I know I will get when reading a Klassen novel. I love the deep characters and the twisting plots. I think this is my favorite of all her novels. I loved Downton Abby and loved being pulled back into the world of servants and the upper-class. But this one had a great twist with the spoiled rich girl learning a great life lesson.I was disappointed at first that the love interests got little time together but by the end the tension that she had built threw out the nove...more
Michelle Griep
Author Julie Klassen’s writing gets better and better with each novel she pens. Translation: THE MAID OF FAIRBOURNE HALL is my absolute favorite of all her books. Why? Great question. Here’s a little dissection…

Tension
Will the dashing Mr. Upchurch figure out that the love of his life is the one changing his chamber pot—or won’t he? I love that edge-of-the-seat kind of wondering, and this book delivers a fair amount of it.

Dilemma
Heroine Margaret Macy is certainly in a pickle, and that’s what keep...more
Booknut
A tale of a headstrong young lady of high standing who - when her freedom, inheritance and personal safety is under attack in her own home by her ghastly stepfather and his nephew - flees London in the hopes of escaping her past and her fears, disguised as a maid. Due to unlikely circumstances, she finds herself accepting a position at Fairbourne Hall - the very place wherein live two brothers who have both played major roles in Margaret's past. Lewis, the sought-after rogue and Nate, the dark,...more
Holly Weiss
Reliably Fresh Writing

Does reliably fresh sound like an oxymoron? Not when the pen is in Julie Klassen’s hand. She writes twists and secrets into The Maid of Fairbourne Hall to keep us glued to the page. This is stimulating historical fiction with just the right amount of romance.

Margaret has no recourse but to flee when she learns that her stepfather and would-be fiancé are plotting for her inheritance. Think of the culture shock when a London woman of station sneaks out of her home and takes...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Let's start with a little information about the characters...

Margaret Elinor Macy - hieress to a fortune and main character in this book

Sterling Benton - Margaret's step father and vilian/manipulator after her fortune

Marcus Benton - Sterling's puppet of a nephew out to marry Margaret and her fortune

Lewis Upchurch - aka Don Juan had courted Margaret at one time. He is all play no work

Nathaniel Upchurch - younger brother of Lewis. He is all work no play. Also courted and proposed to Margaret, she...more
Dawn
It’s funny… I usually keep looking to the front cover of a book while reading it in order to better-picture the heroine throughout her times and trials—but not so with this book. While reading The Maid of Fairbourne Hall I kept looking to the back cover. For on the cover of the book, as well as throughout most of the story, Margaret Macy is disguised as a housemaid and going by the name of Nora Garrett. It was usually from the once-spurned, yet ever-loving, Nathaniel Upchurch’s perspective that...more
Eve Victorie
This is it. I am SO going to buy every Julie Klassen book there is this year! It's officially on my 2012 to-do list.
Where do I even start?! This book was beyond amazing... it was amazingly amazing, amazing! The whole lady-in-disguise thing was really intriguing, to me at least - I'm a lover of disguises! ;D
Margaret (or should I say Nora? ;) was a very strong female character. I mean, running away from home, to escape from the greedy hands of a stepfather and his puppet nephew, to go work as a ma...more
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
eeeeexcellent historical fiction. light on the angst, light on the religion. **4.5 stars**

should be a hit with downton abbey fans, as it features a lot of the upstairs/downstairs manor house details.

pg13 light green for a tiny bit of peril, some ruination, a duel, and a boat burning ;)

Laura
I have always enjoyed a novel by Julie Klassen because there is lots of mystery, a little bit of action, historical information, and just the right dose of romance! "The Maid at Fairbourne Hall" definitely didn't lack in these areas (even if there was not quite as much romance as I had hoped which is why I'm giving this novel a 4.5 stars)!

I thought the world of servants fascinating especially coming from a main character who was part of the upper class! Macy was a character who grew so much thro...more
Courtney
Julie Klassen sure knows how to write GREAT stories!! I instantly fell in love with the Maid of Fairbourne Hall from the very first chapters!! I was appalled at Margaret Macy’s family and felt that if I was in that same situation I would flee too and do whatever it took to keep myself safe! She suddenly finds herself without any choice but to search for work and willing to accept any possible position.

I don’t believe Margaret Macy ever thought she’d be scrubbing chamber pots and being treated li...more
Lady
I respect Julie Klassen's intent with this novel. I think it just felt typical and unsurprising. I mean there were pirates and sword fights which were entertaining flourishes. But mostly it was a standard girl's character improves through unexpected circumstances and romance ensues.

There was too much time spent in below stairs details. It felt a little like reading an episode of Downton Abbey. And while I get that she was trying to immerse you in the time period and going for historical accurac...more
Maren
Jun 06, 2013 Maren rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
I enjoyed this book. It was fun to see Margaret's life as a maid, and the dream kiss was lovely. However, I had some major complaints about it, too. First of all, I felt that the main character wasn't portrayed consistently. She was spoiled and prissy but also carefree and funny. She was impulsive and thoughtless, but also very thoughtful about other people's feelings. She was a proper young woman who also loved to ride horses and frolic about the countryside with her dog. You get the idea. I co...more
Rachel
To escape an overbearing step father and an insistent suitor, Margaret Macy runs away disguised as a maid. After many days of travel she finds herself playing the part of a maid at the home of someone from her past.

So, when I first picked out this book I wasn't really paying attention to who the author was, and it wasn't until I recieved the book and looked at the other books she had written that I realized I had read another book by her "The Apothecary's Daughter" which I also really enjoyed.

I...more
gertt
Very disappointing.

If you're having difficulty sleeping, then this book is for you, it will have you dozing in no time; nothing happens, there is no suspense, and the characters are shallow, boring, and undeveloped, including Nora and Nathaniel.

Nora/Margaret was supposedly devoted to her cleric father, accompaning him on Parish visits, however, her knowledge of the poor and their way of living was non-existent to her. Then there was the dilemma with her stays, which was also overly done and an...more
Clockstein Lockstein
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen is another stellar historical romance in the author's quiver. Margaret Macy is a spoiled young woman in Regency England until her mother marries a man who is determined to get his hands on the inheritance Margaret will receive on her twenty-fifth birthday. That date is only three months away, and the stepfather is applying pressure to his nephew to compromise Margaret, forcing a marriage between them and allowing him access to the funds. She is determ...more
Annette
Margaret Macy is a young woman in her early twenties. She is living in London in the family home. The time period is early 1800's. Margaret has a luscious head of thick blonde hair, fair of face, and a penchant for vanity. Her step-father Sterling Benton is a possessive, controlling cad. He and his nephew Marcus Benton have devised a plan for Margaret to marry Marcus. Margaret is wanting to remain unmarried, on her 25th birthday she will receive an inheritance an aunt left her. Upon over-hearing...more
Holly Renee
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall is a regency romance that is filled with intrigue, humor, and characters who change!

While I enjoyed Julie Klassen's previous novel more than this one, I still enjoyed this story and could not part with it until I finished it. Julie Klassen seems to be a master at slowly unveiling clues to characters and mysteries in a way that feeds the reader enough to arose intrigue and keep one guessing until all is revealed.

As always, Klassen manages to transport us to regency En...more
Ruth Hill
Historical fiction, regency romance, and a Christian book to boot. Who could ask for anything more? This book fast became one of my favorite reads, and I would highly recommend it. It represents the best that romance can offer.

My favorite thing about the book was the historical look at servants in 1800's England. I was pleased to see the author's note at the end of the book that explained her extensive research on the topic. While she admits to some liberties, it was nice to see that much of wha...more
Nicole
This book totally met my expectations. I had been looking forward to it for a while before finally having the chance to read it, and I loved the sweet story as well as the fascinating peek into the belowstairs world of the 19th century english manor! Julie Klassen has the wonderful ability to convey a sweet love story without making the book's plot consumed with romance. There were plenty of surprises, twists, and intriguing elements to Fairbourne Hall.

Margaret Macy is a young woman in desperate...more
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Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award, Christian Retailing’s BEST Awa...more
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“I found I quite enjoyed having you under the same roof. Being able to see you, hear your voice many times a day. I miss that.” His eyes locked on hers. “I miss you.” 13 likes
“Mr. Upchurch,” she fumbled. “I . . . I must take my leave directly. But before I go, allow me to say how sorry I am for the callous way I treated you in the past. I regret it most keenly.”

His heart squeezed even as he felt his brows rise. “Do you?”

She swallowed. “I was wrong about you. I was wrong about a great many things.”
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